These 8 tournaments named after the holidays are worth celebrating
by AmateurGolf.com staff
Why not make your vacation even more special by signing up for competitive golf? We’ve found 8 tournaments named after the holidays that will help get you in the holiday spirit no matter what time of year.
So if you ever lose your schedule you will know exactly when you are playing in one of those tournaments named after the holidays.
NEW YEAR’S INVITATION, St. Petersburg CC, St. Petersburg, Florida.
The New Year’s Invitational is the first major men’s amateur tournament of the year and attracts a national squad of players looking to escape to warmer climates and compete in a championship that has been contested since 1927. It was a match play tournament. until the 1950s when the format changed to stroke play. Bob Goalby was the first winner in stroke play, and the roster of former champions includes many other players who have enjoyed success on the PGA Tour.
More information on the New Years Invitation
ST. PATTY DAY INVITATION, Inverness G&CC, Inverness, Florida.
What better way to celebrate Ireland’s greatest patron saint than by playing 36 holes in sunny Florida? This tournament has been played since 1961 and offers amateurs, seniors and super seniors the chance to play on the emerald green fairways of Inverness G&CC. So wear your green, hope for good luck, and remember the number one reason golfers enjoy St. Patrick’s Day: it’s also the birthday of the greatest amateur golfer of all time, Bobby Jones.
More information on the St. Patty’s Day Invitational
JUNIOR EASTER CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO, Bing Maloney GC, Sacramento, California.
This tournament, which was first played in 1948, is actually run from the Tuesday through Wednesday before Easter Sunday, so holiday watchers can still attend the service, or perhaps more likely considering of demographic age, chasing Easter eggs.
More information on the Sacramento City Junior Easter Championship
MEMORIAL LOVER, Ancil Hoffman GC, Carmichal, Calif.
Founded by Vietnam veteran John Rochelle, it’s no wonder this tournament takes place on Memorial Day weekend. A group of elite national-level amateurs are invited to the 54-hole stroke-play championship which aims to honor Memorial Day and its place as a cherished national holiday.
From tournament website: “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces and those in the public service should never be underestimated or forgotten. To those who have paid the ultimate price in the defense of this great nation, we honor and cherish their memories. “
More information on the Amateur Memorial
EARL HUNT MEMORIAL FOURTH JULY TOURNAMENT, Whitefish Lake GC, Whitefish, Mont.
It’s hard to imagine a better place to be in midsummer than in beautiful Montana, and many men, women and seniors travel to Whitefish to play in the Earl Hunt Memorial Fourth of July tournament, which has celebrated its 85th game in 2021. The 220-player field plays 54 holes in stroke play and enjoys a barbecue and mixed derby, with a large community audience.
More information on the Earl Hunt Memorial Fourth of July tournament
WORK DAY INVITATION, Mobile Country Club, Mobile, Ala.
This tournament has undergone a number of format changes over the years, and it was a major amateur golf tournament before the club changed the focus of the tournament to serve a more local and regional group of golfers. . There is an individual competition and a two-player flight with nine-hole matches. What hasn’t changed is that it’s played on Labor Day weekend, and is played on a classic course laid out by Donald Ross with a well done overhaul by Ron Forse.
More information on the Labor Day Invitational
THE AMATEUR GOBBEUR, Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Arizona.
The Gobbler Amateur was founded in 2016 and is part of the Saguaro Amateur tournament series which includes other aptly named tournaments like The Sizzler and Agave. The Gobbler is played on the three days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, and while the Arizona desert isn’t exactly reminiscent of the Puritan Thanksgiving traditions of the 1600s, it feels grateful to play golf in the desert on a hot day and sunny.
More information on the Amateur Gobbler
THE CLASSIC FROM NOL AMATEURGOLF.COM, Del Monte GC, Seaside, CA
It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas, and indeed this tournament takes place a few weeks before Santa Claus leaves. Founded in 1985 by legendary Northern California fan Casey Boyns, many tournament regulars still call the event “Casey’s Christmas Classic”. AmateurGolf.com has hosted the tournament with a full field of 104 players since 2002. It was originally played closer to Christmas Day but has moved to December. Yet it is fully in the Advent calendar and a reminder that Christmas is near.
More information on the Christmas Classic
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